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How Global is the Business of Retail?

May 2014


2013 saw an increase in cross-border retailer activity, with more businesses expanding internationally, primarily to larger markets. Across the world, top target markets saw a 28% increase in new entrants, and four additional markets were deemed to be mature.

In our yearly analysis of global retail trends, we looked at the operational networks of 334 leading international retailers across 61 countries. In this report, we will:

  • Map the footprint of the top global retailers at the country and city level, comparing variations between retailers in different regions and sectors.
  • Examine the extent to which retailers have expanded global operations in 2013, providing complete coverage of the hottest retail markets in the world.
  • Provide a definitive benchmark against which to measure future changes in the global retail environment, identifying the countries and cities leading the way in attracting international retail investment.


How Global Is the Business of Retail?

For more information about this report, please contact:

Natasha Patel
Director, EMEA Retail Research
+44 20 7182 3166
Anthony F. Buono
Chairman, Global Retail Executive Committee
Lic. 01110355
+1 619 6968302
+1 619 6061523
+1 619 2322462
Alistair Palmer
National Director
Advisory & Transaction Services, Retail
+61 2 9333 3396
+61 2 9333 3330
Nick Axford, Ph.D.
Head of Research, Global
+44 20718 22876
Richard Barkham, Ph.D.
Chief Economist, Global
+44 20718 22665
Spencer Levy
Americas Head of Research
+1 617 9125236
Henry Chin, Ph.D.
Head of Research, Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific
+852 2820 8160
+852 2810 0830
Neil Blake, Ph.D.
Head of Foreccasting and Analytics, Global
+44 20 7182 2133
Raymond Wong
Managing Director, COO, Americas Research
+1 416 815 2353
+1 416 362 8085